Cairo: The ousted Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak has been fined USD 34 million for "damaging the
economy" by enforcing a shutdown of telephone and Internet
connections during the country`s popular uprising.
In the first clear ruling against the 83-year-old
Egyptian dictator since he left office in February, a Cairo
court slapped a fine of USD 34 million (20 million pounds) for
cutting off access to internet and mobile phone services, BBC
Media reports quoted a judicial source as saying that
Mubarak, his former prime minister Ahmed Nazif and interior
minister Habib al-Adly were jointly "ordered to pay the state
540 million Egyptian pounds from their personal funds" as
compensation for lost revenue.
Mubarak, who is currently under arrest in hospital in
the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, and his two sons, Alaa and
Gamal, have been ordered to stand trial in a criminal court
for killing protesters during the uprising, and allegations of
Some 800 people died during the protests that forced
Mubarak to quit on February 11. Last week, al-Adly was
sentence to 12 years in jail on charges of money-laundering
Thousands of Egyptians gathered at the capital`s
landmark Tahrir Square for a "second revolution" yesterday,
demanding that the military rulers hurry up the democratic
reforms to chart out the country`s political future.
Critics of the military rulers, which governs the
country after the ouster of Mubarak, have accused them of
foot-dragging on reforms and trials of officials of the former
regime accused of graft and abuse of power.
They have claimed that the Supreme Council of Armed
Forces, which took over the reins of power from deposed
president and is responsible for reforms, are conducting slow
trials of former security figures in the Mubarak regime.